Freestyle 101: YTCracker


Posted November 18, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: YTCracker »

YTCracker (a.k.a. Bryce Case, Jr.) is a dope rapper, a hacker, a playa, and the undisputed king of Nerdcore Hip Hop. Just ask him.

The man who put the Colorado Springs rap scene on the map is also a huge G4 fan and has been down with us for years. He recorded TheFeed theme song way back when, he starred in our first Nerdcore TV promo earlier this year, and he has been featured on Attack of the Show several times.

As a rapper, YTCracker has been making indie hip hop on his own label, Digital Gangster Enterprises, since 1998, where he’s been releasing albums like Nerd Life and Dirty Nerdy. He tours constantly and has performed alongside such musical acts as Xzibit, Cypress Hill, Digital Underground and George Clinton. He even co-wrote Too Short’s “Pimpandho.com” from 2003’s Married to the Game. His next effort is a collaboration album with fellow nerd rapper/producer MC Lars, The Digital Gangster LP.

As a hacker, YT was exposed to computers by his folks at a young age and was soon programming, designing and terrorizing. In 1999, he made headlines when he defaced NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center website, as well as a few other government sites. This landed him into the media spotlight, making him a go-to talking head on internet mischievousness and teen hacking.

And as a playa…well, he always has a hottie under his arm, gets laid constantly, and has a wad of cash every time I see him. Like he says, “It ain’t dirty money, it’s nerdy money!” Straight up.

He’s also a survivor, as you’ll see if you watch this video of the van wreck he, MC Lars and MC Frontalot survived last week while on their co-headlining national Nerdcore tour. Leave it to YTCracker to manage to find his laptop and start filming seconds after all their gear is obliterated in a freeway pileup. (And these nerds ain’t no quitters either, as the tour is still under way and coming to a town near you NOW!).

So Freestyle 101 was stoked when the mighty YT turned up at The Engine Room in Hollywood to lay down a techy rhyme about bit torrents, videogames, and the joys of Oxycontin over an 8-bit style Messiaz beat.

Freestyle 101 goes up at 9 a.m. PST (that’s noon over on the east) every Tuesday. If you dig YTCracker then check webisodes with Murs, Del, MC Frontalot and Lifesavas. Next up is Large Professor, People Under The Stairs, Sen Dog, Cappadonna, Coolio, Charli 2Na and more. Make sure to dig our behind the scenes photos, visit us on MySpace and Facebook, and rant in our Forums too!

Freestyle 101: YTCracker


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